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[chop-stik] /ˈtʃɒpˌstɪk/
one of a pair of thin, tapered sticks, often of wood or ivory, held in one hand between the thumb and fingers and used chiefly in China, Japan, and other Asian countries for lifting food to the mouth.
Origin of chopstick
Chinese Pidgin English
1690-1700; Chinese Pidgin English chop quick (see chop-chop) + stick1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for chopstick
  • Remove visible bubbles from the jar with a plastic knife, chopstick or other nonmetallic instrument.
  • She was often hungry, unable to earn enough at her jobs, first in a chopstick factory and then selling fruit on the street.
  • But foreigners will be forgiven for clumsy dining etiquette and offered a knife and fork if their chopstick prowess is lacking.
  • He currently favors a modular design, in which rectangular plastic lenses snap into chopstick-straight temples of various colors.
  • Learning to use a chopstick and using it with your takeout meals can be beneficial to your health.
  • Using a chopstick or a skewer, this is where you're going to start adding to the wreath.
  • It also requires sitting on the floor for hours and decent chopstick skills.
  • Test for doneness by poking a chopstick or sharp knife through the thickest part of the fish.
  • The dumplings have piping-hot soup inside, so let them cool before testing your chopstick skills.
  • Betty, hardly the average chopstick-thin aspiring fashion editor, has not been one to fade into the background.
Word Origin and History for chopstick

also chop-stick, 1690s, sailors' partial translation of Chinese k'wai tse, variously given as "fast ones" or "nimble boys," first element from pidgin English chop, from Cantonese kap "urgent." Chopsticks, the two-fingered piano exercise, is first attested 1893, probably from the resemblance of the fingers to chopsticks.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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